GOVT TO SET UP PANEL, PM CALLS FOR RE­SPECT TO WOMEN

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NEW DELHI: A daugh­ter not only has the right to live but also the right to hon­our, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said on Fri­day, amid a na­tion­wide de­bate on sex­ual ha­rass­ment of women fol­low­ing the MeToo on­line cam­paign — an is­sue that his cab­i­net col­league Maneka Gandhi said could be taken up by a new com­mit­tee of for­mer judges and lawyers.

The Prime Min­is­ter was speak­ing about his ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Pad­hao’ (save the daugh­ter, ed­u­cate the daugh­ter) pro­gramme at a func­tion of the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion.

“Some nar­row-minded peo­ple con­sid­ered a girl child as un­wanted and killed them in the wombs,” Modi said in his ad­dress, re­fer­ring to the banned prac­tice of foeti­cide.

The Beti Bachao, Beti Pad­hao cam­paign, he said, had led to an in­crease in the num­ber of girl chil­dren in states such as Haryana and Ra­jasthan.

“Many in­no­cent lives found their right to live. (But) the mean­ing of life is not just breath­ing. Hon­our is equally im­por­tant,” he said.

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